Bay County Audubon Society   
                P.O. Box 1182
                   Panama City, Florida  32402

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Plants for Birds
Click on the following link to view a recording of our recent symposium “Birds, Bugs, and Berries”
May 26,2018 Camp Helen State Park
Photo by Emily Ellis
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 Camp Helen Monthly Bird Survey
We will meet @ the Camp Helen front gate at 6:00 am sharp. Although we typically finish birding about noon, you can spend as much or as little time as you like. We sometimes divide our group to cover the north side of the park as well as the coastal areas. We appreciate any amount of time given to help document our avian friends! 

Please RSVP [only necessary if you plan to come] to so we have an idea of how many participants to expect. Bring binoculars, scope [if you have one], water and snacks, hat and sunscreen. Looking forward to it!

February 10,2020 St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Byrne Hall. 1608 Baker Court, Panama City  6:30 PM

“Our One and Only”. presented by Mike Sisson

Bay County is home to a creature that is found no place else in the world, the Panama City Crayfish. It is highly threatened by all the draining of wetlands that has occurred with development and the periodic cleaning of ditches that the municipalities insist upon doing, so the state and federal wildlife protection agencies have teamed up to provide suitable homes for this species in protected spaces. Among other properties, two Bay County Conservancy preserves are being maintained for crayfish habitat.

Mike Sisson, our speaker, is the Assistant Non-Game Species Conservation Biologist for FWC in northwest Florida. He has worked throughout the southeast, focusing primarily on species associated with fire-maintained habitats. He has been in Florida since 2015 enjoying some of the most significant conservation lands in the nation. 
"Bay County Audubon Society, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion(creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin(ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations."
Saturday, Feb. 8 - Winter Bay Day at St. Joe Bay Buffer Preserve. 
This  festival organized by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve. Our chapter (Ron Houser and possibly others) will be leading a bird walk along St. Joe Bay from 8:00 - 11:00AM. A low-country boil (for $10 donation) on the deck will start at 11:00AM. The festivities will take place at the Buffer Preserve at 3915 State Road 30A south of Port St. Joe. Birders should plan on arriving there at 7:45AM to join the group.  Bring binoculars if you have them but loaners will be available. Call Ron for more information at 850-774-9733 or email at
Saturday, Feb. 15 - Majette Park bird walk. 8AM led by Pam Overmyer.  You can meet at the back entrance on John Pitts Road (up Hwy 231) or meet some of us at 7:30AM at the Panama City Mall, beside Starbucks under the damaged theater sign. We will leave there right at 7:45. Walking of about a mile over uneven trails and possibly some wet areas will be required. Wear appropriate shoes, bring binoculars (loaner binoculars will be on hand), snacks and drinks. Cancel if strong possibility of rain.

Saturday, Feb. 22 - Bird walk at Panama City Beach Conservation Park,  100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413,  7:30AM.  BCAS members will guide participants to some of the many trails there. The wetland about 1 mile up from the parking area has proved to be great for various species of birds including the black-bellied whistling duck. Hairy woodpeckers are found along the trail too. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars, but we will have some to loan. Bring snacks and something to drink along the trails. This is an easy walk but if we get off on side trails, there is a possibility they may be wet and uneven. Cancel if strong possibility of rain..